Old friends and a passion for all things culinary encouraged June Summerill and Bernadette Bishop to open their kitchen shop on Portland Road, just off London's Holland Park Avenue. Their idea was to stock the shop with kitchen implements with an emphasis on aesthetics and quality. Antique French enamel wear and table linen sits alongside Japanese kitchen knives and old bowls from Afghanistan. There is a selection of work available from designers such as Jacqui Roche, an English ceramicist who specialises in understated white tablewear, and American Edward Wohl, who makes exquisite maple chopping boards in an array of shapes and sizes. Not to mention the olive-wood pestle and mortars, truffle slicers, pepper mills and salad bowls, stainless-steel waffle irons and handmade wooden spoons. Some cookery books are also available, but only those they have personally approved. If it looks good and works well, chances are you will find it here.

Summerill & Bishop, 100 Portland Road, London W11 (0171-221 4566)